It’s that time of year again, when MH gazes into its crystal ball – or, rather, calls on a roster of industry insiders – to compile the definitive list of the health trends set to change the game .
You Won’t Be Able to Move For F45
To paraphrase Sesame Street, your workout will be brought to you by the letter F and the number 45. “This will be the year for F45 in the UK,” says Jared Williams, founder of Fresh Fitness Food. That is, high-intensity interval training with the camaraderie of CrossFit, but not the cultishness. (The F stands for Functional; 45 is the duration in minutes.) The Australian import has colonised every territory in its native country and is opening 35 US outposts per month. It plans to have over 500 studios in Europe by 2020, according to Williams: “And you thought CrossFit made a lot of noise.”
You’ll Be Given Wings Without the Bull
Energy drink manufacturers will be having more jittery palpitations than their highly caffeinated customers, what with the sugar tax and a mooted government ban on selling the beverages to children. Now, they also have healthy competition. “Our lifestyles show no signs of slowing down, so we’ll see more brands using ‘clean energy’ formats to offer the same boost without the obesity and heart disease risks,” says Future Laboratory writer, Rhiannon McGregor. Crack open a carbonated cold brew from Sandows (named after Victorian strongman Eugen Sandow), or try energy drink Flyte, made with green coffee beans and maca root.
You’ll Chew Over Your Dinner Time
Chrono-nutrition – the idea that you’re not just what you eat, but when you eat it – will have its moment. “Timing food around our circadian rhythms has a big impact,” says Damian Soong, co-founder of plant-based supps brand Form. Disruptions to your body clock contribute to obesity: not only does insufficient shuteye sap your willpower, but your body also processes macros differently depending on the time of day. Enzymes involved in metabolism are regulated by the clock, too. Wake up to it.
You’ll Go Off at the Deep End
A new type of immersive fitness is making a splash. “Expect a rise in swimming-pool-based resistance training,” says London’s Workshop Gymnasium founder, Lee Mullins – that is, if you can make it back to the surface while you’re holding dumbbells. Pumping iron underwater was pioneered by surfer Laird Hamilton: his XPT Extreme Pool Training is LA’s “most exclusive workout”. XPT now trains coaches in the method, while Virgin Active has rolled out its own Hydro class. You won’t hit a max squat (and shouldn’t try), but lifting in liquid is a solid cardio and core workout that’s easy on your joints. Plus, no one will see you sweat.